It was a day to forget for the men in blue as England crushed them by 8 wickets to take an early lead in the series. Eoin Morgan won the toss and asked India to bat. The bowers justified the decision and bamboozled the Indian batsmen, restricting them to 1254/7 in their 20 overs. The target was way below par and England knocked off the runs without breaking a sweat.
Let us look at the five interesting stats that were made in the 1st T20I
England record joint fastest T20I chase against India in India
The hosts were undefeated on home soil since December 2019 but England ended their streak and defeated the hosts with 21 balls to spare. The win was the joint fastest chase against India in India. Earlier, Australia chased 119 in 15.3 overs in 2017.
Shreyas Iyer records his highest T20I score
Shreyas Iyer was the only bright spot on a gloomy day for India. The right hand batsman scored more than half of India’s total runs. Coming in to bat at 5, Iyer beared the English storm and sailed to a magnificent half century. He was eventually dismissed for a well made 67, his highest score in T20Is.
Virat Kohli records two consecutive ducks for this first time in his international career
This was the first instance of Virat Kohli not opening his account in two consecutive innings. Kohli was dismissed for a 5 ball duck in the 1st T20I. Earlier, Ben Stokes got the better of Virat Kohli at 0 in the fourth Test.
Team India records its second lowest powerplay score
England bowlers were right on the money and didn’t allow the Indian batsmen off their hooks. They bowled great lines and decimated the Indian top order. The hosts could only score 22 runs in their first six overs which is their second lowest score in the powerplay. Batting first, this was their lowest powerplay total and was also the joint lowest by any team in T20I against England. Earlier, Afghanistan scored 22-5 in the powerplay against England in 2012 T20I world cup
Yuzvendra Chahal becomes India’s highest wicket taker in T20Is
With the wicket of Jos Buttler, Yuzvendra Chahal became India’s leading wicket taker in T20Is. Chahal was not at his best and was taken apart by Jason Roy. However, the leg spinner managed to trap Jos Buttler plumb to climb to the helm of the leading wicket takers for India in T20Is